Following up on Tom Lawrence’s breaking of the story of Governor Kristi Noem’s private vanity video studio, Angela Kennecke reports that the Snow Queen is using her new studio mostly for national outreach, not to communicate with South Dakota media:
We can confirm that KELOLAND News, along with other South Dakota TV stations we reached out to, have not been offered any live interviews with Governor Noem from her new studio. Without more information provided by the governor’s office, it appears it has only been used for live interviews on Conservative networks and public service announcements [Angela Kennecke, “Gov. Noem Uses $130K Studio to Boost National Conservative Profile and Reach South Dakotans,” KELO-TV, 2020.04.23].
Team Noem tries to justify the studio by telling Kennecke that shooting live sitdowns with Fox News in Pierre is a lot cheaper than flying the state plane to the closest TV studio.